The NBA consists of hundreds of elite athletes competing for a select number of roster spots, rotations and end-of-season awards, while pursuing the team goal of winning a championship. Such close competition leads to variation in a player's performance from season to season.
Poor conditioning, age or a nagging injury can cause an athlete's production to decline, while another may blossom from the benefit of experience or in a new system which suits his style of play.
The Knicks' roster looks very different than it did last season. Starters Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields departed via free agency, and the team added Jason Kidd, Raymond Felton, Marcus Camby, Ronnie Brewer and Kurt Thomas.
Several players will be vying for playing time while attempting to carve out a niche in Mike Woodson's system. The coach's rotation will depend to a large extent on how well Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Brewer recover from their respective injuries, and whether aging veterans like Camby and Kidd can remain healthy for an entire season.
Here are predictions for each New York Knick's odds of improving or regressing in the 2012-2013 season.